Tips For Getting Around Pigeon Forge Rod Run Traffic

Pigeon Forge rod run traffic can be a headache. No matter if you’re a first-time rod run attendee or a seasoned car show pro, you might find the following tips helpful when navigating the sea of chrome and classic cars that you’ll find in lining the Parkway during a Pigeon Forge rod run! Are you planning a trip to Pigeon Forge for a rod run this spring? From a schedule of Pigeon Forge rod runs to hotel and lodging information, you can find all the information you need to make this year’s events memorable at

Stay At A Hotel On The Parkway

Traffic can be very heavy during a Pigeon Forge car show. Make getting around easy by chosing a Pigeon Forge hotel on the Parkway, the main drag that connects most Smoky Mountain attractions. This way, you can walk to the car show, to dinner and to any other activity. Traffic lights along the Pigeon Forge Parkway are numbered, so remember which one you’re closest to.

Hotels On The Parkway

If you are in town for a Pigeon Forge car show, it is also a good idea to stay at a hotel near the car show venue. For example, many car shows take place at LeConte Center on Teaster Lane. Check out our list of hotels near LeConte Center and The Island – many of which are within walking distance.

Take The Scenic Route

If you’re visiting the Smokies for a different reason and just want to avoid the rod run traffic, we suggest taking a scenic drive through Townsend, Wears Valley, or the national park. Check out a GSMNP trail map to see how these roads connect to the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge parkways.

Scenic Routes

Rod Run Traffic

Start Early

Our experience proves that its easiest to get around early in the morning on car show weekends. Make the most of the reduced traffic by waking up early to find good parking and then set out on foot for some breakfast or things to do within walking distance of LeConte Center or whatever venue is hosting the car show.

Take A Walk

Take advantage of Pigeon Forge’s crisp mountain air and get some exercise! The Pigeon Forge Parkway is a straight, six-mile strip and is very pedestrian-friendly. Take a walk and get the most out of Rod Run season by seeing the local sights on foot. The Pigeon Forge greenway is another way to navigate around town. It includes more than 6 miles of trails that you can walk or bike through and around the city.

Riverwalk Greenway

The easiest way to avoid the gridlocked traffic that often comes with a rod run is to walk. The Parkway sidewalks make it easy to get around and see the sights. Bring comfortable walking shoes and count on hoofing it around Pigeon Forge. It’s a great way to see the cars and attractions up close and get a little exercise at the same time.

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